Murphy was found dead in her Hollywood home nearly five years ago, with her official cause of death noted as heart failure brought on by pneumonia. Her husband, Simon Monjack, would die five months later under similarly strange circumstances.
As details of Murphy’s death emerged, many began to speculate that she may have been murdered. Her father, Angelo Bertolotti, conducted private testing that showed unusually high levels of metals in her system, suggesting that Brittany Murphy had been poisoned.
With the results, Bertolotti called out the initial medical examination that claimed her death was from natural causes.
“These new lab results re-confirm what we already knew. I never doubted the previous test results, but decided to get a second opinion,” her father told Examiner.com. “The original lab was unfairly slandered by Bruce Goldberger (friend of Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter), who called it a ‘kind of a fly-by-night laboratory.’ It was unethical for Goldberger to offer his incorrect opinions to media outlets, given his conflict of interest. In 2009, he was opining that Brittany died of a drug overdose, just like Heath Ledger. Goldberger was wrong then, and he’s certainly wrong now. I’m not impressed with his obsessive efforts to squash any inquiry into my daughter’s untimely demise.”
The new Lifetime movie about Brittany Murphy digs deeper into the theory that she was murdered. A new trailer for The Brittany Murphy Story released this week shows Murphy shielding her eyes from camera flashes and fumbling with pill bottles as the phrases “afraid for her life” and “the suspects” flash on the screen.
The story also focuses on Murphy’s Hollywood breakthrough in the 1995 movie Clueless and her subsequent rise in the acting world.
The movie has already generated quite a bit of controversy. Murphy’s father said he planned to halt the making of the biopic by suing Lifetime, according to the Daily Mail.
“Lifetime has not been authorized to produce the true story of Brittany Murphy. I intend to litigate Lifetime in a court of law,” Angelo Bertolotti said.
The Brittany Murphy Story premieres Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.